Some 200 Icelandic fire fighters and ambulance drivers are set to go on strike after failed pay negotiations.
The contract talks between the National Association of Fire Fighters and Ambulance Drivers and the Local Governments’ Pay Committee have been ongoing for around a year without agreement. The negotiation has twice been sent to state mediators, but the discussion was formally ended yesterday after a long meeting with no agreement.
Valdimar Leo Fridriksson, head of the National Association of Fire Fighters and Ambulance Drivers told RUV that the negotiations were brought to an end due to the local governments apparent lack of enthusiasm to reach a deal. He says the last offer from the employers amounted to a one percent pay increase.
A strike is now being prepared and is expected to begin on the 23rd July.
This means that 200 fire fighters and ambulance crews across Iceland will walk out a week from now – but emergency services will not be affected.
Fridriksson said that 95 percent of union members had voted in favour of the strike and that member participation in the vote was high.